The man wants $87,000 in financial compensation from his parents. Above, a stock image shows a pile of old VHS tapes.

  • An American man is suing his parents for throwing his decades-old porn collection, which he claims is worth $29,000 (R400,000), in the trash.
  • According to the suit, filed at a federal court in Michigan, the man had moved back in with his parents for a short while after a 2016 divorce.
  • But when he moved out, and his parents came to drop off his remaining belongings 10 months later, he noticed 14 boxes of porn and sex toys was missing - disposed of by his parents.
  • The claimant is seeking $87,000 (R1.2 million) in financial damages, but says some of the movies lost are priceless and irreplaceable.
  • The father says he threw them out for his son's own good, adding: "I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine."

A man from Indiana is suing both his parents after they threw $29,000 (R400,000) worth of porn and sex toys he collected over several decades in the trash.

The 40-year-old had moved back to his parent's home in Michigan after a 2016 divorce, and moved back out to Muncie, Indiana, in August 2017, according to the lawsuit filed at a federal court in Michigan.

But when his parents came by to drop off the last of his stuff 10 months later, there was one thing missing - 12 cardboard moving boxes stuffed full of adult toys, magazines, and movies.

According to the lawsuit, the man - identified by Fox News 17 as "Charlie" - wants $87,000 (R1.2 million) in financial compensation from his parents.

In an email from the man's parents seen by Fox News 17, they said: "We counted twelve moving boxes full of pornography plus two boxes of sex toys, as you call them."

"We began that day the process of destroying them and it took quite a while to do so."

In a separate email sent by the claimant to his parents after he learned the porn was lost forever, he wrote: "If you had a problem with my belongings, you should have stated that at the time and I would have gone elsewhere."

"Instead you choose to keep quiet and behave vindictively."

The man's father told his son he threw out the stash for his own good.

"Believe it or not, one reason for why I destroyed your porn was for your own mental and emotional health," evidence from the lawsuit shows.

"I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine. Someday, I hope you will understand," he added.

Before launching his legal challenge, the 40-year-old had reported the incident to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, but they refused to file charges against the parents.

According to the lawsuit, the claimant then sent one of the police officers 44 emails listing all the vintage porn movies destroyed.

Two of the titles lost in the trash were "Frisky Business" and "Big Bad Grannys," The Associated Press reported.

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